False eyelashes are having a real moment. From magnetic lashes to traditional strip lashes, and individual lashes to extensions. But how long can you wear false eyelashes?
It is highly recommended that you do not wear false eyelashes for more than 12 hours to avoid irritation. However, it is possible to wear false eyelashes for up to 3-5 days.
Of course, if you have had your eyelashes glued on by a lash technician, your lashes will last much longer.
Let’s get into it.
Eyelash glue will likely contain chemicals, and some may even contain formaldehyde.
This can damage the eyelash bed, and may even impede hair growth in the hair follicles of your eyelashes.
You may experience swelling or itchiness around the eye area, too, if you’re not careful.
False eyelashes may also cause damage to your natural lashes because of their weight.
If your preferred falsies are a very dramatic, dense look, then frequent and repeated wear will weigh down your natural lashes and might result in their falling out.
If you don’t remove your false eyelashes in the proper way, and regularly tug or pull at them, you may experience traction alopecia.
This can cause temporary damage to your natural eyelashes, but may also become permanent if you don’t take care.
You, therefore, need to ensure that you’re removing your false eyelashes in the recommended way and as gently as possible.
If you apply a lash serum or Vaseline to your natural lashes once you’ve removed your falsies, this can help you to wear your falsies more often.
Should I Do A Patch Test?
Applying false eyelashes every day can be time-consuming, depending on which kind of falsie is your preference.
But if you have the time, then you’re completely fine to do so.
That said, you should always patch test the glue before use.
This is to ensure that you don’t have any adverse reactions caused by sensitivity to the glue.
The skin around your eyes is very delicate, so it’s worth taking the time to do this.
Even if you do a patch test and don’t find yourself developing any irritation or allergies, if you wear fake eyelashes every day, you may experience some damage to your natural lashes.
How Long Can You Wear False Eyelashes?
There’s no one straight answer to the question of how long you can wear false eyelashes – it depends on which kind of falsies you opt for, the glue you use, and your own skin’s sensitivity. As a general rule, falsies can stay on for somewhere from 3 – 7 days.
That said, unless your false eyelashes are designed to be semi-permanent, we wouldn’t recommend wearing falsies longer than 12 hours.
If your preferred false eyelashes are strip eyelashes, then they should last you through a long night out.
You can wear them overnight to sleep in if you must – however, we wouldn’t recommend it. These false eyelashes are best removed before you sleep.
If you like individual lashes, you can get up to a full week’s wear out of them.
You just need to take care of them as well as possible to ensure that they have the longest life possible.
You can wear magnetic eyelashes for a day in total – anywhere from 10 to 12 hours.
As with other false eyelashes, you should only aim to wear magnetic eyelashes for a maximum of twelve hours at a time, and you should not sleep in them.
If you get your eyelashes tinted by a reputable esthetician, you can expect your tinted eyelashes to last around a month. They will lighten gradually over this time, at which point you can book in your next treatment.
If you like the idea of wearing false eyelashes but don’t have the time every morning to apply a new set, and you aren’t keen on extensions, then getting tinted eyelashes is probably a good idea.
You’re essentially dyeing your natural lashes, which adds a sense of drama and definition to them.
The procedure will take anywhere from half an hour to an hour.
You can do it at home, but there will always be risks involved in doing so. If you have any doubts, be sure to contact a technician.
Your eyelash tint will last around a month.
You’ll notice your lashes lightening during this time, which is as a result of the natural cycle of your eyelash growth.
As your lashes enter the telogen phase, they’ll be replaced by a brand new lash. The old one will then fall out, to be replaced by this new lash.
As this happens to your tinted lashes, your older (tinted) lashes will fall out and be replaced by younger ones.
How Long Do Semi-permanent Eyelashes Last?
Semi-permanent eyelashes should last anywhere from 6 to 8 weeks, depending on how well you care for them, and the speed of your eyelash growth cycle.
The speed of your eyelash growth cycle varies from person to person – for some, it will be faster than others.
Similarly, the degree to which each individual maintains and cares for their semi-permanent eyelashes will vary.
It’s for these reasons that predicting the exact length of time that semi-permanent eyelashes will last is difficult.
It’s likely that you’ll want to visit your eyelash technician every three to four weeks for lash touch-ups, depending on their growth.
Synthetic eyelashes can be worn around 4 – 5 times, but this can extend if you take particular care of your falsies.
Remember to always pull any dried lash adhesive from your lashes after wearing them – use tweezers to do so – and store them correctly in order to enhance their longevity.
Generally speaking, eyelash glue should last up to three months provided the bottle is unopened.
If you open your eyelash glue, you should aim to keep it for around a month. Once the texture changes and becomes thick or gelatinous, it’s time to replace it.
You can reuse magnetic eyelashes provided that you properly care for them. You should be able to get a month’s use out of one set. Just be sure that you’re removing them with care and storing them correctly.
Unlike non-magnetic lash extensions, magnetic eyelashes do not need glue for their application.
This means that one set of magnetic eyelashes can last longer than strip false eyelashes which rely on glue – provided that you take care of them.
We recommend removing your false eyelashes every day as you should not sleep with false eyelashes. They can irritation and even infection. It’s, therefore, best to remove false eyelashes before you go to sleep.
When you leave your makeup on, you’re exposing your eyes to the sweat and dirt that has lodged itself amongst the makeup particulates.
Your eyes are highly delicate, and leaving this makeup on overnight will only lead to a higher risk of sensitivities, and maybe even hair loss of your natural lashes.
It’s no different with false eyelashes.
In fact, as eyelashes are designed in order to trap debris and dirt, and therefore prevent it from contaminating your eyes, keeping your false eyelashes on overnight will only exacerbate this risk.
If you do want to wear your false eyelashes on a daily basis, it’s a far better idea to take the time to remove your false eyelashes at the end of the day.
Treat your natural lashes with a serum, and then reapply the falsies (provided they’re the kind that can be worn again) at the start of the next day.
It’s not outright dangerous to sleep with your fake eyelashes on, but it still carries a risk. You’re exposing your lashes to breakage and friction and may cause swelling or irritation in the eyes as a result of trapped particles and sweat.
If you’ve got eyelash extensions, then you can absolutely sleep in them – they’re designed to be semi-permanent.
There are ways to ensure that they remain looking their best and don’t become crumpled by friction with the pillow.
Try sleeping on your back, using a silk pillowcase, or even wearing a 3D cupped eye mask.
If you sleep in false eyelashes like strip or magnetic falsies, you could develop issues as varied as allergies, infections, and eyelash loss.
If you have a quick nap in them, that’s fine, but you should absolutely aim to remove them overnight.
Use the opportunity to nourish and condition your natural lashes, before reapplying your false eyelashes the following morning.
Don’t forget, too, that depending on what kind of false eyelash you opt for, you’ll likely use an adhesive in order to attach the lashes to your natural lashes.
Glues contain serious chemicals, and overexposure to them might incite reactions, or exacerbate the risk of conditions like contact dermatitis and even conjunctivitis.